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MBABANE – His Majesty King Mswati III has assigned new responsibilities to the entire Cabinet and thus, revoking the Assignment of Responsibilities to ministers Notice 2009 when the current ministries were set up.

The new legal notice was signed by the King on November 10, 2015 at Lozitha.
This is according to Legal Notice N0.189 of 2015 which was tabled by Prime Minister (PM) Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini in the House of Assembly on Monday where he explained to Members of Parliament (MPs) that these were the new duties assigned to them (Cabinet). This is the same legal notice that states that the PM shall be responsible for Parliament Affairs.

When asked by this reporter why he had waited so long to table the Legal Notice or working instrument, the PM said it had always been his intention to table it in Parliament and that is why his office had even bounded it to make it presentable to the legislators.

“However, with the sudden turn of events when my responsibilities have been questioned by the Senate President, Gelane Zwane, I also felt it was proper to inform the legislators as early as possible,” said Dlamini.

The notice states that where according to the notice there is no specific minister it relates to, the PM may give directive in writing as to which minister shall be vested with such a responsibility.
This is done under the powers conferred by Section 70 of the Constitution of Swaziland, which states that the King may, after consultation with the prime minister, assign to the PM or any other minister responsibility for the conduct of any business of government including the administration of any department of government.

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